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Friday, March 23
 

1:30pm

Life in the Weird City: Urban Fantasy
Explore familiar and not-so-familiar metropolitan areas with WonderCon special guest Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles), Stephen Blackmoore (necromancer Eric Carter series), Rachel Marks (Otherborn, The Dark Cycle series), Mishell Baker (The Arcadia Project), and Mairghread Scott (The City on the Other Side), assisted by Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 213AB

1:30pm

Spotlight on Laini Taylor
New York Times bestselling authors Laini Taylor and Kiersten White talk writing, monsters, and magic. Laini Taylor is the author of the Printz Honor winner Strange the Dreamer and its upcoming sequel, Muse of Nightmares. She will be interviewed by Kiersten, the bestselling author of the And I Darken series and the upcoming The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 300D
 
Saturday, March 24
 

10:30am

A Story is a Story: Multimedia Entertainment
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 08:56PM
Writers discuss the art of storytelling, whether in prose, games, cartoons, comics, or other media. Sam Sykes (Bring Down Heaven series, Brave Chief Brianna), Judd Winick (Hilo series, DC Comics), and Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex series, Barbie comics) converse about the commonalities and differences of storytelling formats with librarian Judy Ann Neeb.

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 300D

11:30am

An Afternoon with Pat Rothfuss
New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss tells stories, answers audience questions, discusses strange things, and maybe does some reading. Be prepared for tangents, digressions, inappropriate humor, and potential impromptu singing.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
North 200B

1:00pm

Spotlight on V.E. Schwab
New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab (Vicious) talks with Entertainment Weekly books writer Maureen Lenker about her groundbreaking career, her love of weird and magical stories, upcoming projects, and why she’s known as the master of villains. A Q&A session will follow.

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 207

1:30pm

Hogwarts Academia: 20 Years of Fantastic Harry Potter Fandom
2018 marks 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was released in the United States. Panelists Tabitha Davis (Geek Magazine), Kelly King (teacher), Ellen Lee (teaching assistant), Jeannie Lin (animal lover, conservationist), Jenny Mendoza (graphic designer), and Heather Nicholson (attorney) discuss all the areas of the fandom that are still going strong: fan groups, events, and destination travel. They will cover ways people use Harry Potter in their Muggle careers in everything from law to teaching the next generation, as well as raising children in the fandom, enjoying cosplay, and reading as a family. They’ll also explore the new Fantastic Beasts universe, discussing Newt Scamander’s true passion as a magical beast conservationist taking a look at the graphic arts from the movie and its mixture of 1920s-era and wizard design, and discussing newly released images from the second Fantastic Beasts movie premiering in November. Moderated by Adrienne Alwag-Aipia (multicultural marketing director and globetrotter).

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
North 200B

1:30pm

Romance in Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 13, 04:31PM
Award-winning bestselling artists, authors, and actors discuss attraction, compatibility, offspring, love, society, (extremely) long-distance relationships, close quarters, customs, rituals, religions, marriage, and more. Featuring Rico Anderson (The Orville, Star Trek: Renegades), Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Star Trek: Voyager), Rebekah R. Ganiere (Fairelle Series, president of Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal RWA Chapter), Mark O’Bannon (The Dream Crystal, Pirates of the Imperium), and Claudia McKinney ( New York Times bestselling book cover artist). Moderated by James Ganiere (chief editor at Fallen Angel Press, CEO at Rio Vista Universal).

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 208

2:30pm

Fantastical & Magical Creations
Magic manifests in myriad forms in fantastic fiction and its many subgenres, from epic fantasy to magical realism. WonderCon special guests Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer) and Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Jessica Cluess (Kingdom on Fire series), Livia Blackburne (Rosemarked), and Kiersten White (And I Darken series) share their alchemical process of determining how much magic to include in their tales with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 208

4:00pm

More Than Just High Tech: Science Fiction
Sure, science fiction offers amazing possibilities (and sometimes terrifying consequences) with speculative advances in technology—but without engaging characters, readers don’t care about the impact of that tech. SF authors Marie Andreas (Asarlai Wars series), E. K. Johnston (Star Wars: Ahsoka, That Inevitable Victorian Thing), James Morris (The Three Kingdoms series), and Tony Valdez (Dax Harrison) talk about the importance of creating more than just cool stuff for their universes.

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 209

5:00pm

Writing and Illustrating Books for Kids
Caldecott winning author/illustrator Dan Santat (After the Fall), NY Times bestselling author/illustrator Antoinette Portis (Now), Newbery honoree author Jenni Holm (Swing It Sunny), Newbery honoree author/illustrator Eugene Yelchin (The Haunting of Falcon House), and popular author Deborah Underwood (Here Comes Teacher Cat) share their insights into the publishing industry, how to get started, and lessons learned on the journey to traditional publication. Moderated by author Henry Herz (Cap'n Rex & His Clever Crew).

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 207

7:00pm

Women On The Dark Side
Susan Lee (Wraith of Love, Shadow of the Knight) brings together a panel of women who aren't afraid to explore the darker side of creation or to delve into the shadows of the heart and mind, whether it's in comic books, literature, or film. Other panelists include Maria Alexander (Snowed), Mairghread Scott (Toil & Trouble, Transformers: Till All Are One), and Bel Deliá (The Tangle, The Tunnel). Moderated by Barbra Dillon (Fanbase Press).

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 209

8:00pm

Words Create Worlds: Lessons from a Storyteller
Aspiring and current writers will want to take part in this interactive workshop to ask questions and learn about what it takes to write a book and become a published author. Learn about the writing process from author, singer/songwriter, and advocate James Morris (Sky Bound, Water Tower, Surface, Vans Warped Tour) as he shares the challenges and excitement that come with creating new worlds. He will discuss the art of storytelling and share valuable tips, tricks, and organizational skills to help get you started and keep going. Be sure to bring your questions.

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 210
 
Sunday, March 25
 

10:00am

Destination: Happily Ever After
Authors C. B. Lee (Sidekick Squad series), Nilah Magruder (M.F.K. ), WonderCon special guest V. E. Schwab (Shades of Magic, Vicious), Audrey Coulthurst (Inkmistress), and Amy Spalding (The Summer of Jordi Perez, The Best Burger in Los Angeles) join Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy to explore the often thorny path to a happy ending for their characters.

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 300B

12:30pm

Spotlight on Kevin Hearne
Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles, The Seven Kennings) has written a New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series and now has two new epic fantasy series in progress, plus a comic! Join him to catch up and see previews of his upcoming work, along with a Q&A.

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 213AB

2:00pm

How To Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need To Sell Your Work to TV and Film
The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling science fiction authors known for their popular Strand series, explain how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The twins, who are on staff at UCLA, have taught their unique creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Todd McCaffrey (New York Times bestselling author, Dragon Riders of Pern) and Steven Sears (writer and producer, Xena: Warrior Princess, The A Team, Father Dowling Mysteries, Swamp Thing), plus other panelists to be announced. This panel will be in loving memory of Richard Hatch, a friend, teacher, and inspiration to all.

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 300B

2:00pm

Knowledge: Handle with Care
The ethical challenges faced by characters in science fiction stem back to classics like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Authors Sarah Tarkoff (Sinless, Arrow), Peter Clines (Paradox Bound, The Fold), Jennifer Brody (The Continuum Trilogy), and Elizabeth Briggs (Future Shock trilogy) don their scientific prognosticator hats to discuss the use of knowledge for good or evil purposes, the impact of class on access to technology, and more with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 209